Upper Bitterbrush Trail

Trail Meter: 
Good

The yang to Lower Bitterbrush's yin. This trail is pretty mellow, wide and only has a couple of easy rocky spots. It's the way up to the Nelson Loop if you are planning on making a bigger ride out of your trip to Hall. From the bench near the trail junction of Lower Bitterbrush and Antelope, head west and downhill. This downhill is short followed by an uphill that will take you past another great prairie dog town and onto the ridge line. Over time, this trail has seen a lot of wear from the large number of people on it. Please try to stay in the middle of the trail as much as possible to allow for the singletrack to stay single.

This trail tops out at the base of the Nelson Loop. You'll notice the trail widening after a short section of roots and rocks. This is a popular spot for hikers and bikers to catch their breath before heading up!

Coming down:
This trail is a ripper on the way back down! It's got great flow for the intermediate rider, with a lot of fun swoopy turns that really put a smile on your face. Two words here. One, this trail has a lot of loose sandy stuff on it. People regularly come down this trail too hot and find themselves upside down before they can blink. Two, this is a super popular trail with a lot of blind corners and a lot of people (many who will be scared by bike riders coming downhill and likely unprepared to avoid you). Keep your speed under control and be respectful. Going downhill, you're the one who yields - and that doesn't mean riding off the trail to avoid other people, man! It means slowing way the hell down and stopping if necessary to make sure that uphill traffic isn't afraid/startled/put out/killed.

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T: 5 A: 5 C: 5

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1.4 mi.
360 ft.

Comments

Trail Meter: Poor»Good

From the top of Antelope to the loop is great. enjoy.

Ranger Morris via Twitter yesterday: Hall Ranch Currently 46 deg. wet slush and MUD. Poor conditions all N. Foothills today.

Trail Meter: Fair»Poor

from Ranger Morris via Twitter: Hall Bitterbrush some mud 2-2.25mi bike ok

Trail Meter: Poor»Fair

Mostly ok - some soft spots, ride through any soft spots

Trail Meter: Good»Poor

from Ranger Morris: Snow is melting into slushy mud, unless it is frozen in the morning, I'd give it some time

Trails have 8" of snow on them right now. some areas have been packed down. Rocks can be very icy in areas. Give it a shot for an adventure! If it warms up, it will probably get really muddy.

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